DOE Outlines Layoffs Ahead Of New School Year
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With only weeks before school starts, hundreds of employees with the city Department of Education are set to lose their jobs.
The DOE says budget cuts are forcing it to slash 777 jobs by October.
It's the largest single agency layoff since Mayor Michael Bloomberg took office.
A number of the pink slips will be given to school aides, many of whom are part of District Council 37.
The budget for schools was cut about 2.4 percent this year.
Since 2007, school budgets have been cut by about 13.7 percent.
Teacher retirements are also on the rise.
About 2,500 teachers retired this summer -- an increase of about 23 percent from last year.